I really wanted a manual. But the car was bought mostly for work purposes which has me traveling all across the state of Arkansas, so fuel economy was more important than it normally would have been. The sad part on that is many users have been seeing an extra 3-5 mpg on the auto vs manual for mostly freeway. I did test drive a manual and it was a blast. But as far as automatics go, this is a good one. It shifts when I push the gas. Sport mode really isn't as impressive as it could be. It pretty much just always keeps you a gear low and makes it more willing to shift, but for some it is probably more fun. I would recommend the manual if that is your thing and your car isn't being driven 3k miles a month. If you do end up with an automatic, you won't regret it too bad. I still have a 5 speed rx7 and a 5 speed rx7 with a mustang motor so I still get my manual trans fun on the weekend.
Originally Posted by Mr Nice
Is your new Mazda3 auto or manual transmission ? I was considering a Grand Touring Mazda3 with manual transmission and soul red paint job.
Originally Posted by mazdamonky
I too am a fairly new owner of a 2018 Mazda 3 2.5 hatch. I bought a 2002 Mazda protege back in high school, fell in love and have really been bored by most anything not a Mazda or rear wheel drive ever since. Mazda just does something with a car that I haven't had the feeling of from any other.